Massive increase in incidents on social media

Social media was invented for positive purposes: to enable communication between friends and many different people, and to share the things that people would want to see with the world. The problem is, however, that there are a huge number of issues that currently affect adolescents and young people caused by social media.

Ms Wright, a teacher who deals with these issues on a very regular basis, says that there is an awful lot of pressure implemented on young people. She said: “There’s been a massive increase in incidents on social media. Even in the last 2 years the number of problems have definitely increased. It causes problems in friendship groups and children receive threats and have been victims of cyber-bullying.”

It’s clear that it is a major issue that must be addressed because it is extremely worrying that some children are more deeply affected by this form of bullying than physical bullying. A survey conducted by Cyber Bully Radar found that 47% of 200 surveyed students had been bullied more times than they could remember, and many of those occasions were via text or social media. From these shocking statistics, it’s obvious that social media is having severe implications on the wellbeing of young people.


Homophobic Fury

The boxing champ, Tyson Fury, retained 3 of the 4 belts he won on the night of the 28th of November, however due to homophobic actions lost the IBF belt. Tyson fury was ordered to end his actions and shut up by ex-Boxer David Haye. Lindsey Tucker, championships chairman at the IBF, told BBC Sport: “It’s true he’s been stripped of his IBF belt.”

The match in which Tyson won the titles was held in Dusseldorf, Germany under the circumstances everyone will be on Wladimir Klitschko’s side in the heavyweight match. Both fighters fought very cautiously, very tactically not throwing many power punches. The fight lasted the full 12 rounds, resulting in a points win for Fury. The points finished 116-111, 115-112 and 115-112 all to fury. After his win had been announced and the celebrations had calmed down slightly, Tyson grabbed the microphone and sung into it, rather like how he did in the open training sessions.

Recently, Klitschko has signed the rematch clause which was in the contract for the fight. It is unscheduled but will be sometime during 2016. This clause stated that if Klitschko was defeated then he is allowed to sign this and force upon Tyson a rematch for the belts he had lost during their fight. The Fury camp has stated that they are ready for the rematch believe they are getting the fight held at Wembley.

Visit Chile

Chile. A gem buried in South America. The Atacama Desert, Santiago (the capital), Easter Island. The landscape varies throughout the country. Explore every corner, every path. The country itself is curled up against Argentina.

Watch the sun set in ‘Valle de la Luna’ (Valley of the moon), in the cool breeze and the warm coloured skies. On top of a sand dune, you can sit and drink a cold drink. This enchanting place is called Valley of the moon for its lunar-like forms caused by floods and winds.

Or perhaps you would like to discover the mystery of the Rapa Nui; in the Easter Island. Stand in front of those stone creatures and imagine a world were these creatures unveil the story behind them. After your visit, you can go diving with the fluorescent fish, or surfing in the clear water. Discover the entire island in on bike, cycle all around and let the wind guide you.

The Atacama Desert. The driest place on earth, but also one of the most beautiful.  Its Mars-like terrain will transport you to a different universe. The setting is not only inspiring, but it refreshes your mind.

Think about Chile. Think about your world.

By Eleonora

This weeks Fantasy XI

There were plenty of entertaining games this week, with Stoke beating Manchester City 2-0, Chelsea suffering a 1-0 loss to Bournemouth and Martin Skrtel scoring an own goal, we had plenty of players to choose from but this is our fantasy XI:

GK- Jack Butland (Stoke)

LB- Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

CB- Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

CB- Miguel Britos (Watford)

RB- Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United)

LM- Son Heung-min (Tottenham)

CM- Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle)

CAM- Mezut Ozil (Arsenal)

RM- Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)

ST- Marko Arnautovic (Stoke)

ST- Glenn Murray (Bournemouth)

Our Captain is going to be Riyad Mahrez as he scored a hat-trick against Swansea City and is making his name as one of the best players in the league, him and his striking partner Jamie Vardy have scored a total of 24 goals this season, with Mahrez contributing 10.

By Denojan, Fernley and Marcus


Evolution in Coding

Recently, a campaign called the Hour of Code has been set and many schools are taking part.

Many people have different opinions on it, however at St. Ambrose Barlow RC High school we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Here is an interview with the headmaster: Mr Davis

We asked Mr Davis some questions:

Why did you choose to allow the Hour of Code in your school?

I chose it because it is a good thing for children to learn about.

What is your opinion on the Hour of Code?

I believe that it is a vital thing for pupils to learn about and that it is a great skill.

Do you believe that coding is a good skill and if so do you think that everyone  should know about it?

Yes because it is very important and even though some people may just see the hour of code as a bit of fun for an hour,  for others it could create a whole new branch for opportunities.

As Mr Davis stated, coding is important and everyone should know about whether they will need to know about it for their career or not.

Being a game maker, an IT teacher and even a musician, you’ll need some knowledge of code, and there are many ways to learn it, online, on a course, and even  in school at the hour of code.

In conclusion, as the headteacher said, the ability to code is a important thing for everyone to learn, no matter how or where; because as the planet’s tech evolves so must our knowledge of how it works.

By Harry, Jack and Ben- Coordinators of the school news team.

YouTube Stars Rise To Fame!

Nowadays, many children and young adults are opting to watch people that create content on the social, visual platform of YouTube.

Stars like Zoella (aka Zoe Sugg) has more than 9.5 million subscribers, mostly made up of teenagers that can relate to her- Zoe suffers from anxiety and has posted videos on how to deal with it and that has helped many people. She is well-known for her beauty videos. Her boyfriend, Alfie Deyes (aka PointlessBlog), is also very popular on YouTube with his hilarious challenges and his “vlogs”, video blogs, over on his second channel, PointlessBlogVlogs. Zoe’s younger brother, Joe Sugg (aka ThatcherJoe) is yet another personality that is very well-liked, with his challenges and his pranks on his South-African roommate, Caspar Lee; he is a YouTuber that does many public videos where he lets the public participate. Even a YouTube boy band was created for Comic Relief and consisted of the members: Joe Sugg, Caspar Lee, Marcus Butler, Alfie Deyes and Jim Chapman.  This is just a tiny proportion of the YouTubers on this creator platform- there a billion active users!

It’s not just all about the views and the subscribers though that makes them the money, YouTubers like Zoe Sugg, Alfie Deyes, Joe Sugg, Louise Pentland, Tanya Burr, Miranda Sings, Connor Franta, Joey Graceffa, Tyler Oakley, Marcus Butler, and many, many more have even written best-selling books.

The most subscribed YouTuber of them all is Pewdiepie (Felix Kjellberg) has more than 40 million subscribers; he is known for his gaming videos and earns more than $7.5 million.

They are becoming more and more popular everyday with their appeal to the audience of teenagers and young adults. With books, beauty products, many appearances on magazines, and even DVDs, YouTubers are rising to fame!

They’ll be the next celebrities of the future!


Written by Natalie

Rope Revolution!

An unbelievably brave rock climber by the name of Kevin Corrigan saved a life. This amazing man was climbing in Ontario at the Lion’s Head. He was climbing a 5.10a named Short Circuit, whilst another man was climbing Wired, a 5.10c route. When Kevin noticed the young man climbing next to him, he saw a peculiar rope that was in use. This was a marine hardware store rope! The belayer was using steel carabiners which care used for pulling trailers.

Kevin realized that this man couldn’t climb with this sort of rope and the belayer couldn’t do his job correctly with that type of equipment. Therefore, he courteously asked if he could lower the man down because his rope isn’t safe. This man told Kevin to get lost because he thought he didn’t know what he was talking about. Kevin decided to come off of the route and call the park rangers about how this man was climbing with dangerous equipment and is refusing to stop!

For a life lesson, if you are to ever go rock climbing, always use rock climbing rope. If you use marine rope, you will be sorry because rock climbing ropes are dynamic and are specially designed to stretch to make your fall easier. If this man were to fall attached to marine rope, his body would jolt and he could have severe injuries.

Rope DifferenceWritten by: Chloe



Is It Just A Game?

Positive And Negative Effects Of Gaming


Gaming? Is it safe? Many parents ask this question. They’re all concerned about their children’s safety whilst playing video games. But there are many positive sides to it too. Continue reading “Is It Just A Game?”

The 5 Best Smartphones of 2015

It’s nearing Christmas and you may be wondering what phone to get your loved ones for Christmas. Well, here we have chosen (in our opinion) the top 5 smartphones to buy your friends and family for Christmas.

5. Microsoft Lumia 950

The Lumia 950 phone is a throwback from the past to a simpler time with its removable battery like the Samsung Galaxy S3, also being a temporary PC, allowing you to turn a nearby TV into a computer through a Microsoft Display Dock and a Bluetooth keyboard. It’s worth mentioning its excellent camera and lightweight design, but the lack of apps lets it down, making it number 5.

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Number 5, the Lumia 950

4. HTC One M9

HTC is the perfect device for those who value personalisation, thanks to the new user interface, the HTC One M9 is not the necessarily a large step forward from the award-winning M8, but it remains a brilliant solution to the problem over which is the most flexible Android phone on the market, deserving number 4.

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Number 4, HTC One M9

3. LG G4

LG’s latest phone, the G4, builds on the success of its competitors with an stunning 16MP rear-facing camera (for the days you’re on an adventure) and an 8MP front-facing lens (for all those selfies) and the option of a leather back, unike the Samsung Galaxy S6, it has a microSD slot and removable battery, earning the place of number 3 to buy for your family.

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Number 3, the LG G4


2. Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 isn’t Samsung’s latest phone but I am certain it’s a good one. With a water resistant coat, it’s no match for the puddles you run past every day in fear of dropping your phone in them. With a fingerprint scanner you have a more secure option to get in your phone and with the new Ultra Power Saving Mode you can use apps longer and faster, making it number 2 in this list.

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Number 2, the Galaxy S5.

1. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

One of Samsung’s newest phones is the S6 Edge, it’s perfect for those times at night when you need to charge your phone at night with the wireless charging feature. Like the S5 at number 2 in this list, it also has the fingerprint scanner and the new Samsung Pay. With being one of the first phones to have a curved screen this definitely deserves number 1 with all its unique features.

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Number 1, the S6 Edge

by Ben – coordinator for the Science and Technology section.





“Over the past few years, the NCA has seen the people engaging in cybercrime becoming younger and younger,” Richard Jones, head of the Prevent team at the NCA’s Cyber Crime Unit.

Do you know what cyber-crime is? Studies indicate that the majority of young people are in the dark when it comes to breaking the law online. To investigate this, we interviewed two girls from Year 9. They both knew the general definition of ‘Cyber-Crime’ and some examples being ‘hacking, spam, plagiarism, cyber-bullying’. However, they were surprised to learn that the punishment for hacking could be anything up 10 years in prison. These interviews showed us that although teenagers know of cyber-crime, they are not well-educated as to what is actually is.

Cybercrimes can be divided into 3 major categories against: personal, meaning it affects one victim; government, hacking government systems; and property, breaking a computer or damaging files via hacking.

We believe that all young people should know the basics of cybercrime, especially in this day and age where the internet is becoming increasingly popular. Being educated on this subject could significantly help the National Crime Agency catch criminals.


Autumn and Anaya- Science and Technology Editors